Mon State Government and diplomats held a ceremony yesterday to mark the 75th anniversary of the completion of the railway built by prisoners of war linking Myanmar and Thailand.
The ceremony was held at the Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery in Thanbyuzayat, Mon State, yesterday morning.
Mon State Chief Minister Dr. Aye Zan and diplomats from 11 countries including Australia, Bangladesh, Britain, Canada, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Thailand and the US laid wreaths and paid tribute to POWs died during the construction of the railway.
The work on construction of the railway by Japanese army started in 1941 and completed on 17 October, 1942.
The number of the sleepers of the railway could represent the number of deaths to build the railway.
“The ceremony is aimed at remembering ill consequences of war and the Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery would alert the visits to contribute to peace of the world without war,” said Chief Minister Dr. Aye Zan.
“The Japanese built the railway to connect Thailand and Myanmar to open the Asain theatre. They forced POWs from defeated countries and people from Southeast Asian countries to be labourers.
The Thanbyuzayat Township graveyard, where several thousand victims of the Death Railway are buried, has also attracted tourists.
Thanbyuzayat Township IPRD